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Simple Rajma Curry Recipe

Simple Rajma Curry

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Unusual RecipeAn Ideal Recipe for Vegetarians
Mamtha Sunil Kumar

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Simple Rajma Curry is so named because (a) it's simple to make !! and (b) Red Kidney Beans (also very popular in Mexican cooking) are known as Rajma in India. Rajma curry is very well known and greatly appreciated in Northern India and tastes great with boiled rice or Akki Roti.

      Preparation Time: 2 Hours + waiting

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Simple Rajma Curry

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Currently displaying quantities in US Imperial Measurements
to serve 4:
5½ oz
Red Kidney Beans (Rajma)
2 tablespoons
cooking oil
1 large
2 medium
green chillis
1 tablespoon
ginger & garlic paste
1 teaspoon
coriander powder
1 pint
½ teaspoon
garam masala powder
2 teaspoons
fresh coriander leaves (to garnish)


How to Cook Simple Rajma Curry

  1. If you want to rename this recipe "VERY Simple Rajma Curry", you can buy a tin of red kidney beans in water (brine), get busy with the can opener, then rinse them under cold water!
  2. If, however, you want to experience the full flavour of Red Kidney Beans, then buy the Dark Red Kidney Beans and soak them in water (totally immersed) overnight. The next morning, drain off the water and place the red kidney beans in a pan, cover them in water and add a good pinch of salt. Bring the beans and water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 1½ hours. Remove one of the beans to check to see if it's done by biting or pinching.
  3. Continue simmering the beans for another 15 minutes, if necessary. Check again to see if they're cooked and repeat every 15 minutes until the desired level of tenderness is reached. As a general rule, red kidney beans need about 2 hours cooking time.
  4. No matter which way you choose, you now have "ready-to-eat" kidney beans, so let's make the curry... Roughly chop the tomato, peel and chop the onions and finely chop the chillis. Place a frying pan on the stove and heat the oil, add the chopped onion and the ginger garlic paste and fry gently until the onions turn pale brown in colour. Add the chopped tomato and chopped green chillies and cook until the tomato becomes soft and pulpy.
  5. Add the water and stir in the coriander powder and salt to taste. Bring the pan to the boil then add the red kidney beans and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Add the garam masala powder and cook for a further 12-15 minutes until the sauce becomes moist and juicy. Serve the Rajma Curry hot, garnishing it with fresh coriander. It's best suited for Indian breads like Akki Roti or cooked ricee.

Red kidney beans (Rajma) are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre, compared to any other beans. For people who are suffering from diabetes, the fibre can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
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Reviews of Simple Rajma Curry

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again April 26 2014
omg thank you so much... Wanted to make proper rajma since a long time... And thanks to you it turned out amazingly... And my parents are finally pretty impressed by what I cooked.. Thanks a ton
(3 reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again September 06 2013
Rajma its very tasty thank u very much I tried this today. I always try recipes from veg recipes of India and all of them r great... My husband is very happy with this recipe thank u...
(4 reviews)

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